When Prague’s long-gestating smoking ban came into effect nearly a year ago, tens of thousand of restaurants, bars, and other public venues finally became smoke-free.
The somewhat controversial ban has been cited as a cause for some venues to lose business or even close down, but has otherwise been well-received. A call by some MPs to ease the ban was shot down earlier this month.
But while the ban applies to al restaurants, bars, and most other publicly-accessible buildings, certain exceptions were made.
One of those was for Prague’s Václav Havel Airport, which has been operating glass-walled smoking lounges in both Terminals 1 and 2.
In just a few weeks, however, Prague’s main airport will be going completely smoke-free.
From May 1, smoking will be completely prohibited in al indoor areas of Václav Havel Airport, including the existing smoking lounges, according to iDnes.cz.
While smoking will be permitted outside the terminal buildings, smokers will have to limit lighting up to fourteen designated areas around the outer perimeter.
“With this decision, Prague Airport aligns with modern trends and responds to feedback from passengers,” Airport spokesperson Marika Janoušková stated in a press release.
“Travelling smokers will continue to have reserved areas in front of the buildings.”
While many major airports still feature smoking lounges, Prague’s Airport will join more than 600 across the world that have completely banned smoking.